Windermere Boat Hire

Windermere Boat Hire

Page updated February 2020
All Windermere boat hire, Coniston boat hire and boat hire on Grasmere is weather dependent. Your place of hire will advise on weather conditions and suitability. Life jackets are provided with all boat hire.
See all boat hire on Windermere lake, Coniston Water and Grasmere below, or go to Map View.

Windermere lake boat hire at Brockhole

A good variety of Windermere boat hire at Brockhole the LDNPA visitor centre. Located between Ambleside and Windermere Village, you can also arrive here by a lake cruises launch.
image of Windermere boat hire landings at Brockhole on Windermere lake in the Lake District

  • Rowing boats from £22.50 per hour
  • Sit on top kayaks from £17.50 per hour
  • Open canoes from £22.50 per hour
  • Motor boats from £30 per hour
  • Stand up paddleboard from £15 per hour
  • Online booking available

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Windermere Quays, part of Aquatic Boat Centres

Windermere Quays in Bowness-on-Windermere have three types of self-drive boats, mostly eco-electric, one of which can hold up to 10 passengers.
image of a couple and a baby in a windermere boat hire electric boat

  • Electric and outboard motor self-drive boats
  • From £20 per hour per boat
  • Dog friendly, limited wheelchair access
  • Minimum hire 1 hour
  • Maximum hire full day
  • Pre-booking & online booking available

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Low Wood Bay Windermere boat hire

A variety of small water sports craft and boat hire on Windermere lake from Low Wood Bay Resort between Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere. From kayaks for one to motor boats for 6 persons.
image of Windermere Lake and boats to hire

  • Motor boats from £30 per hour
  • Fishing boats from £85 half day
  • Pedalos from £25 per hour
  • Kayaks from £15 per hour
  • Stand up paddleboard from £20 per hour
  • Open canoes from £20 per hour

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Bowness Bay Marina boat hire

Windermere boat hire in Bowness-on-Windermere. Electric and outboard engine day launches. A variety of boats take up to 5, 6 & 8 persons. Prices shown below are based on 2 people.
image of Windermere boat hire jetty at Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District

  • Electric self-drive boats from £30 per hour
  • Outboard engine self-drive boats from £30 per hour
  • Minimum 1 hour hire
  • Maximum 7 day hire
  • Pre-booking available
  • Pets welcome on board

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Windermere Lake Cruises boat hire

Self drive electric boats and traditional rowing boat hire on Windermere lake. Bowness Promenade and Ambleside Waterhead Pier. Maximum 6 persons per boat, prices shown below are for 2 persons.
image of boat hire on Windermere Lake in the Lake District

  • Electric self-drive boats from £35 per hour
  • Traditional rowing boats from £16 per hour
  • Minimum 1 hour hire
  • Maximum 2 hour hire
  • Pre-booking not available at most times
  • Pets welcome on board

Tel: 015394 43360



Windermere Canoe & Kayak hire

Canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire at Bowness-on-Windermere, Ambleside Waterhead and Fell Foot Park. Specialist hire providers with an extensive range to choose from.
image of canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards to hire on Windermere lake

  • Sit on top kayaks from £25 for 3 hours
  • Kayaks from £27 for 3 hours
  • Canoes from £35 for 3 hours
  • Stand up paddleboards from £30 for 3 hours
  • Premium boats from £35 for 3 hours{
  • Pets welcome on some craft
  • Pre-booking available

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Coniston Boat Hire

Coniston Water is the fifth largest lake in the Lake District by surface area. By car it is roughly 20 minutes from Ambleside at the head of Windermere lake. Boat hire is available from Coniston Boating Centre, a not-for-profit attraction run by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Coniston Boating Centre

Half a mile from the centre of Coniston Village, Coniston Boating Centre has a wide variety of small water crafts and boats for hire on Coniston Water. Online booking is available and recommended.
image of coniston water for boat hire on coniston

  • Motor boats from £30 per hour
  • Traditional rowing boats from £15 per hour
  • Canoes from £25 for 2 hours
  • Paddleboards from £20 for 2 hours
  • Sailing dinghies from £55 for 2 hours

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Grasmere Boat Hire

Traditional rowing boat hire on Grasmere lake is for being out on the water only. It is not permitted to land on the island in the mere, or the shore, and swimming from the boat is not allowed.

Faeryland at Grasmere

Traditional rowing boats in a rainbow of colours available for hire on pretty Grasmere.
image of boats to hire on grasmere

  • Maximum 4 persons per boat
  • 1 hour hire only
  • £15 per hour for 2 people
  • £20 per hour for 3 – 4 people
  • No dogs in boats
  • Pre-booking not available

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Luxury Skippered Yachting Experiences

01539 482311 – – [email protected]

Lakeland Adventures offer 5-star luxury yachting experience on Windermere. Ideal for celebrations, family fun, corporate reward, romantic moments and more. Our beautiful sailing yacht has a licensed bar, inside seating, outside seating and onboard toilet. You will be looked after by your own skipper and hostess. You can add food options to your experience, and you can also help with the sailing if you want to get “hands-on”. We can take groups of up to 8 (we recommend up to 6 for hands on sailing).

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